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I'm fairly new to the various tunings one can use for playing slide guitar.  I'm also new to the concept of more than 6-strings!  Bearing that in mind I just received a Fender Stringmaster D8 which has two necks and each has 8-strings.  I currently have the one neck tuned to C6 (A-C-E-G-A-C-E-G) and plan on tuning the second to A6 which I can only guess at what the notes are.  I think A6 tuning would be F#-A-C#-E-F#-A-C#-E.  Can someone confirm?

I also have a standard 6-string guitar that I've tuned to E (E-B-E-G#-B-E) and have been having fun with that.  What I am finding out with this guitar (an electric) is playing it lap style with a tone bar (a Shubb-Pearse in this case) is it seems the bar is too heavy and you have to be more careful of adding any extra pressure which usually results in a bad sound.  I've played it as a normal guitar with a finger slide with more success.   I am working on getting a straight bass going at the same time as some slide work.  This takes a little more concentration to get the damping behind the finger slide right and still have a clear bass going.  In time...

Meanwhile, I have a Weissenborn guitar on the way that is supposed to be delivered on Monday.  This is a lap steel guitar (Hawaiian style) and I can't wait to hear the sounds it produces.

I'm not sure of the tuning a Weissenborn guitar is normally tuned to.  I do know the Weissenborn I'm getting has Daddario Strings in these sizes: .014, .018, .026w, .034w, .044w, .056w.  Looking around the 'net my best guess is this would accommodate a D tuning. 

John

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D tuning is a great place to start on Weissenborn guitar! I've got some tabs and instructional stuff on my website if you are interested - www.robanderlik.com

Hope this helps!


Regards,

Rob Anderlik

I TUNE ALL BUT MY CONSOL STEEL GUITAR ( C6-E13 )  MY 3 LAPS ARE TUNED  TAROPATCH ( DGDGBD)

ALL MY 4 STRINGS , 5 STRING BANJO ,IRISH BANJO AND 4 MANDOLINS, AS WELL AS 3 UKULELES ARE TUNED gdae  PEOPLE THINK i'M GIFTED TO BE ABLE TO PLAY SO MANY INSTRUMENTS  IN JAMS.  wHAT THEY DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT THEM  ha  ha

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